Jacobite risings - a talk in Braemar

The wild and inaccessible countryside around Braemar was home to many of the clansmen who supported the Jacobite risings of the 18th Century.

Following the final defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden in 1746 the British Government realised the disadvantage of Scotland remaining largely unmapped.

The Duke of Cumberland, leader of the victorious Hanoverian army, eventually succeeded in persuading his father, King George II, to commission a Military Survey of Scotland.

In 1747 the task was delegated to General William Roy, the Assistant Quartermaster in the Board of Ordnance and the result was that by 1755 he had created the first set of accurate maps giving an astonishing bird’s eye view of the Scottish Highlands.

Dr Dick Jennings of Aberdeen University has made a study of Roy’s work and on Sunday (February 19) will give an illustrated talk on Roy’s maps to the Braemar Local History Group.

The talk will be held in the Braemar Village Hall and will begin at 7.30pm.

All are welcome to come along.

Admission will be £1 and refreshments will be provided.

The talk will be preceded by a brief annual general meeting beginning at 7.00pm.